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By John Wesley

Utensil holder becomes exterior light

Materials: Ikea Ordning metal utensil holder, spray paint, jb weld, tin snips, jelly jar light kit from big box store Description: We are doing a huge remodel and I had been sent to pick exterior lights numerous times. I just could not justify the price for just kind of liking them... This whole thing cost me less than $30 for 2!!!

Start Saving for College as Early as Possible (63/365)

Let’s say you have a child today. You’re estimating that their college education will cost $25K a year, so that child is going to need $100K in eighteen years in order to pay for college.

Deluxe Gorm Pedalboard

Materials: Gorm shelf, Dioder LED bar Description: This might seem a little decadent, but aside from its practical use it is excellent musicians living room decoration. All in all I have three "Gorm Boards", all made from the same Ikea product: the Gorm shelf.

Leaf-shaped Place Mats for round Dining Table

Materials: 6 PANNA Place Mats, DRALLA Chopping Mats (set of 2), Xacto Knife Description: Most place mats are rectangular or round, and therefore don't go well with round dining table. The former simply have the wrong shape, while the latter tend to be too big. A few years ago, I brought a two leaf shaped felt mats and 6 matching felt coasters from Germany.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 A lesson on mental clutter from the book Zen Shorts Frustrations caused by occasional messes are usually not worth carrying around with you and cluttering up your mind, energy, and emotions. Maybe you can take it with you… Why leave behind beautiful solid-wood furniture for your heirs to fight over when you can be buried in it? Unitasker Wednesday: Microwave French Fry Maker I have nev

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 1, March

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Repetition Is a Losing Life Battle

Over the past few days, I’ve been exchanging messages on Facebook with an old friend of mine. This person (that we’ll call Chris) has spent virtually every weekend (and many weeknights) getting completely drunk since Chris was in college more than a decade ago. At one point, Chris told me the following: Most of the last decade is a giant blur.

"Just Because Something Is Fun For Someone Else..."

Further Secrets of Adulthood:

8€ Tool Rack

Materials: RIBBA Picture Ledge (55cm or bigger), BYGEL Rail (55cm or bigger), BYGEL S-hooks Description: Build your cheap and easy wall-mounted tool rack. Take a RIBBA Picture Ledge and put a lot of holes into it. Take your enhanced RIBBA and a BYGEL rail and mount them to a wall. Take some BYGEL S-hooks and hang your rasps and other stuff to the Rail.

Ask the Readers: All I Ever Worry About is Money

Though I try to keep the “Ask the Readers” column general so that the advice can apply to many people, sometimes I get specific questions that seem important enough to be addressed. That’s the case this week. A young GRS reader named Rebecca dropped a line the other day looking for help. She’s just getting started in life, but feels overwhelmed by personal finance.

Sunday Best: The Most Impactful Self Improvement Content This Week From Around The Web

This week was a great week for inspiration for me. Firstly, I am sooo excited that finally my self improvement program, Simple Self Confidence,  is starting later tonight – thanks so much for all that helped. I can’t wait for this incredible journey to begin! Secondly, it was just a great week for content out there on the world wide web!

Lack Side Table Beautification

Materials: Ikea Lack Side Table Description: Supplies Ikea Lack side table - $10 8 Brass Corner Plates - 2 packs of 4 came to be $12 Brass Fabric Nails - 3 packs of 25 came to be $6 Tools Hammer Small Phillips head screw driver Tape measure Small drill for making guide holes, or a nail does the trick if you do not have a drill Click to read the rest of the post >>

Announcing the Winner of the Manvotionals Recitation Contest

Last month we kicked off the Manvotionals Recitation Contest. We asked readers to submit a video of themselves reciting a selection from our latest book, The Art of Manliness Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the 7 Manly Virtues. From the great submissions we received, we chose five finalists and then opened the contest up to voting by the public.

Ignore Freebies Given Just for Signing Up for Financial Accounts (62/365)

Let’s say you’re running a bank. You need to get some new customers signed up for checking and savings accounts so that you have more money to lend out for mortgages and the like. How do you get those new customers? Well, one option would be to offer better interest rates, or perhaps lower your fees, and then advertise those things.

Hacker Help: LACK o' Dining

Materials: 2-3 LACK side tables, ikea table legs Description: I am trying to hack 2 or 3 lack side tables into bar height bistro tables. I want to buy a peice of wood to ensure all lack table tops stay together and then install the legs. Kinda of like a small mid beam to go on the bottom of the table tops to keep them together and steady.